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The Chinese capital has a history that stretches back over 3 millenia, but this former center of multiple kingdoms is as renowned for its modern skyline as its ancient monuments. Here are some of the attractions Beijing is best known for. Don't miss them!

Ming Dynasty Tombs

Also known as the "13 Tombs," most of the Ming emperors were interred within these striking mausoleums. The Ming-Gräber are on the way to the Great Wall, so factor them into your day trip!

Tiananmen Square

The site of several major protests and displays of military might, Tiananmen Square is made one of Beijing's most famous as much by the iconic monuments that surround it.

Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square takes its name from the "Gate of Heavenly Peace" that seperates it from this ancient royal city. There's a lot to see in the Forbidden City, so book a guided tour and wear comfy shoes!

Summer Palace

The most impressive of the surviving Chinese imperial gardens is a recreational complex of lakes, greenery, and palaces providing one of Beijing's most tranquil attractions.

Temple of Heaven

Combining the architectural qualities of both Ming and Qing dynasties, the Temple of Heaven was finished in 1420 and has been one of China's holiest sites ever since!

Beihai Park

This former imperial garden-turned-public Beihai Park is not just a site of outstanding beauty, but home to many sightseeing favorites, like the White Pagoda and the Nine-Dragon Wall!

Photo: David Dong @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Beijing National Stadium

Built for the 2008 Olympics, the 91,000-seat "Bird's Nest" has emerged as an icon of modern China. You can take a tour or even grab Beijing National Stadium tickets to a soccer game! Why not do both?

Planning Your Beijing Visit

How many days?

Five days to a week should be enough to see the sights of Beijing, get a feel for the city's culture, and even take a day trip out to the Great Wall of China!

When to visit?

Beijing's weather is most pleasant in early autumn (September/October), although the snowy winters do bring a charm of their own. Unless you want to see the Chinese New Year parade, avoid going during the nation's public holidays, when vast swarms of domestic tourists overwhelm even the quietest attractions!

Where to stay?

Beijing's sights are spread all over the city, so if you plan to cover the lot then you should consider staying in the city center. The districts of Beijing all have their own character, but one of the best areas for a first-time visitor is Wangfujing. Its central location boasts plenty of places to shop and eat, including the famous Wangfujing Snack Street, where vendors flog a bizarre collection of snacks far from the usual Chinese staples!

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Renminbi (¥)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    Early autumn is best to beat the crowds and avoid the summer heat.

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What people are saying about Beijing

Beutyfull Great Wall part, the same time Conquer Great Wall Marathon.

Beautifull and mindfull Great Wall. The same time Comquer Great Wall Marathon. Unbelievabable performance of those who finnished this race. :)

Beijing Group Day Tour of Jinshanling Great Wall Reviewed by Miriam, 05/20/2018

Awesome experience and highly recommended.

Gill, our private guide was highly professional. Her English was flawless and she made our trip extremely interesting. Gill adapted her explanations to my 11 year old daughter, who showed a keen interest to what she was showing. She was also very patient and did not hesitate to re-explain things to her. I can only recommend her as a guide to the wonderful sites in Beijing, and simply can't thank her enough.

3 hours on the great wall, no shopping, recommended

Everything worked well, from pick up at the hotel to visit on the great wall, lunch, and return. As promised: no shopping stop involved. This allowed ample time on the great wall, more than 3 hours. I still recommend to use the cable car up - this will give you more time (2,5 h) to walk along the wall beyond the where the initial crowd is and see some of the older parts of the wall before renovation, up to tower 29 if you are really fast. (Use MapsMe app and maps for details here.) When returning the driver offers drop off on various other sight seeing locations (Olympic stadium, ...) - great idea. Great and honest tour, no trap & bullshit, no selling, clear recommendation.

Great tour, totally worth going with a guide

Our guide Selena was amazing, excellent knowledge and great personality, it made a huge difference in us really enjoying the visit and learning about the history and culture. We highly recommend it!

It was awesome! Surpassed all expectations!

It was awesome! Surpassed all expectations! If you’re looking to see all the most important sights in Beijing (and wall) in 8 hours with a small multinational group, then thats the tour for you! The guide, David, was very knowledgeable, funny, and professional! All for all an awesome experience during my 2 days trip to Beijing.